In effort to prevent it from becoming a Neo-Nazi pilgrimage site, Austrian officials recently announced that the home where Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler was born will be turned into a police station. By Ritika Dixit
Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 and spent the first few weeks of his life in a second-floor flat of a three-storey yellow 17th-century building. The building is located in Braunau am Inn, a medieval town on the northern border with Germany. This building doesn’t have many shreds of evidence of its association with Hitler, except for a memorial stone outside the building which reads — “For peace, freedom and democracy. Never again fascism. Millions of dead are a warning.”
Following several years of debate over what to do with the house, the Austrian authorities have recently decided to turn it into a police station, as a deterrent to those who would make it a neo-Nazi shrine. The decision aims to set an unmistakable example that the building is permanently removed from the scars of Nazism.
The old house has given Austria headaches for quite a few years now! The building has been under constant dispute through the years and was used as an art gallery during World War II. Later, it was also used as a bank, a school and a care centre for people with special needs. The house has been vacant since 2011, and the house’s possession was taken by the government in 2016 for EUR 810,000.
The house will be remodeled into a police station and architects across the European Union are also invited to submit designs for the same. The winning designs will be picked by the expert jury and public officials. The winners will be announced in the first half of 2020.